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156. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if she will establish the Irish Prison Service as a fully independent prisons authority on a statutory basis with the director general as Accounting Officer; and if so, the cost of this project. [12673/16]

Answer

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The question of the governance arrangements and relationship between my Department and the Irish Prison Service remains under consideration.